Sydney College of the Arts

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Sydney College of the Arts
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CampusKirkbride Building, Rozelle

The Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) is the contemporary art college and former faculty of the University of Sydney. The campus is located in Rozelle,[1] Sydney, Australia and housed within Callan Park in the Kirkbride complex, a cluster of sandstone buildings designed by James Barnet, the government architect, in the late 19th century.


Prior to 1995, the College of the Arts was located at Monteith, Glebe,[2] and administrated by TAFE NSW.

The current complex named Kirkbride, was part of the Callan Park Lunatic Asylum for the Mentally and Criminally Insane, which was built between 1878 and 1884.[3] It was a major psychiatric hospital for many years but, in 1995 the hospital functions were moved to the western section of the estate and the Kirkbride complex became the home of the College of the Arts. The College is a base for the study of the visual arts.

On 21 June 2016 the University of Sydney announced that the school would be merged with UNSW Art & Design, a plan that was later abandoned.[4] On 22 August 2016 students occupied the Executive Administration Offices of SCA in protest against the closure of the art school and the ensuing job losses, cuts to studio space, closure of various departments, the removal of the Visual Arts from the curriculum and the move of SCA from its current home in Rozelle. The occupation ended on 25 October, making it the longest running student occupation in the University of Sydney's history.[5]

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  1. ^ University of Sydney website
  2. ^ "Monteith". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00592. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/39-40
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Coordinates: 33°51′55″S 151°09′46″E / 33.865259°S 151.162696°E / -33.865259; 151.162696